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NEWS: Dundee FC axe academy staff in latest cost-cutting measure


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Dundee have cut 16 academy coaches as part of money-saving measures during the coronavirus shutdown.

But it is understood 12 will continue in their roles for free over the coming months.

Courier Sport further understands former Dark Blues captain and manager Barry Smith is among those to leave Dens Park yesterday.

The Courier revealed a month ago that redundancy consultations had begun between youth coaches and club secretary Eric Drysdale.

And yesterday it was Drysdale who broke the bad news to academy staff over the phone.

The Dark Blues have been hit hard financially by the enforced lay-off prompting first-team staff and players to accept a 50% wage cut until play restarts in October, dropping thereafter to 25% until May.

That was after managing director John Nelms announced a loss of around £500,000 sustained by the club due to the early end of the 2019/20 campaign.

With income severely depleted since March and no competitive action for another six weeks, the latest cost-cutting plans have centred on the club’s youth set-up.

Barry Smith, meanwhile, had returned to the club last year to help coach the club’s future generations.

During his 11-year playing career at Dens Park, the Hall of Famer appeared 433 times for Dundee, behind only Doug Cowie in the all-time list.

He also led the Deefiant team as manager as the Dark Blues emerged from administration a decade ago before leaving in 2013.

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